As it’s Easter holiday’s and we all have a little more time to slow down, I thought that I would check in. And also make an apology for the long absence here on my blog.
I’m going to be 100% honest, my vlog has really taken over my time and also I find it an easier outlet for expressing my makes. But with that said, taking the time today to look back at my blog I realise how much I love to write down my thoughts and feelings and its a fantastic detailed record of my makes.
Now it would be unrealistic for me to catch-up on every make since my last post but I’m going to do a little round up of some of my favorite makes in recent times…..
Now this make was a huge challenge for me. I’ve always admired people who have made their own lined winter/wool coats and I just never thought it would be something I could do! I won the Named Clothing ‘Breaking the Pattern’ book at a sewing event and this pushed me to taking on this challenge. The Halla Coat is a fully lined wool coat but without any major fittings at the front. A great project to tackle. I bought this vegan wool from Oh Sew shop in Northern Ireland in my favorite lilac colour.
I don’t know why I was ever apprehensive to make a coat, taking it one step at a time, it came together so quickly. However the one challenge I did come across was finishing the lining on the hem. The instructions use pictures which I just couldn’t get my head around, so after a few hours of staring at it, I figured it out!!
My Love of Green
In October 2019 I had a conversation with Juliet that green was a colour that I had never sewn with or worn. That’s when it all changed!! I have become a little obsessed with green now and made countless makes now in all shade of green!.
This fabric was a firm favourite at the #SewBrum meet up, everyone was getting a piece. Its a cheap polyester but I just love the vivid green colour with small dot details. The Lois dress was a pattern I picked up one day on the school run from Sew Wardrobe and it was a pattern company that I hadn’t heard about. I just fell in love with the simple lines of the Lois dress and I knew it would become a summer favourite. The construction is slightly unusual in that the side seams for the skirt piece don’t match up with the bodice but actually with the darts on the bodice. Also it it looser than I thought it was going to be and others have commented that they haven’t needed to add the zip to theres. I need to try mine on and see if I can skip the zip next time.
This make combines my love of green with my delight of a statement sleeve! Just check out the cuff!! I took out the shoulder opening on this and the Lion pattern and its still just as easy to put on and off.
I made a Suki robe for my step-mum for her birthday and when I tried it on I knew I had to make one for myself! This make it going to be a future Minerva Crafts blog post so I don’t want to say too much. I’ll just leave you with some photos until then.
Last year I subscribed to the ‘In a Haystack’ monthly package because I was interested to try out new pattern companies. I had always stuck to my trusted companies and I was ready to see what else was out there. This Lucy dress pattern from ‘Workshop’ came with one of the early packages and its jumped up to the top of my favourite lists. Its actually a very simple dress and construction. A few pleats at the bust line to create a shape at the bust and a simple straight skirt with a very slight flare. It has 2 length options and 2 back opening options.
The first one I made was the midi length, closed back version which has become a staple in my work wardrobe. The second was the contrasting mini version with open back, which is for the evening!! I’ve even made my friend a Lucy dress for her birthday.
The dress has no facing just turned over the armholes and neckline however I have added bias binding to mine to make sure the dress lasts in the wash.
Now I could go on and on but I’ll leave it here for now and I’ll try to make sure I don’t leave it too long until I say hello again.